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::: amalgamate - (of societies or groups) combine; unite in one body
::: sextant - navigation tool used to determine a ship's latitude and longitude (by measuring the altitudes of stars)
::: abridge - condense or shorten
::: dirge - funeral song; slow mournful piece of music (sung over a dead person)
::: monastic - related to monks or monasteries; removed from worldly concerns
::: chide - scold; rebuke (someone who has done wrong)
::: pensive - dreamily or deeply thoughtful; sadly thoughtful; thoughtful with a hint of sadness; contemplative; CF. think over
::: conviction - judgment that someone is guilty of a crime; strongly held belief
::: quicksilver - mercury
::: coroner - public official who investigates any death thought to be of other than natural causes